The trend for holidaying in the UK has resulted in record-breaking 2010 sales for Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in the New Forest.
With the school summer holidays upon us, the 5-star centre is preparing for its busiest time of year. But this August, bookings for their luxury woodland lodges, static holiday homes and touring and camping pitches are at an all-time high.
Accommodation sales are up by over 5% on this time last year – which was itself a record year – and up almost a third on the same period for 2007, highlighting the growing trend for ‘staycationing’. A trend supported by figures from the Office of National Statistics which show that in 2009 the number of trips made abroad fell by its fastest rate since the 70s.
Tim Howell MD at Sandy Balls and Chair of the New Forest Tourism Association, said: “The benefits of holidaying somewhere like the New Forest with first-class facilities and activities, award-winning customer service and luxury accommodation – and the ever-improving British weather – makes the UK a genuinely desirable destination to holidaymakers.
“Add to that factors such as the recent failure of Goldtrail, the exchange rate, BA strikes, and Icelandic ash cloud – and you can see how recent months and indeed years have put the dampeners on travelling abroad. “We have also seen a noticeable shift in when people are booking their holidays. More and more people are leaving it to the last minute to book their breaks away – in some cases as late as the day before. This will be partly down to people wanting to save money with last minute deals but it’s a risky strategy which may lead to disappointment.
We do still have some availability for the school holidays but it is limited and filling daily.” Because of the increasingly high levels of demand in the peak of summer, Sandy Balls will be opening its seasonal camping fields at the beginning of August adding to the Centre’s accommodation offering which includes two, four and six-berth woodland lodges, static holiday homes, fully serviced touring and camping pitches Ready Tents and teepees.
UK holidays, weekend breaks and short breaks at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre set in the New Forest National Park. We provide high quality holiday accommodation in luxury lodges and caravans and we also cater for tourers and campers. We have a range of facilities including a restaurant, pub, beauty suite,cycle centre and two swimming pools. There is also fantastic activties for all from archery and laser clay pigeon shooting to team games, arts and crafts and much more!